How to print a webpage onto paper (dead tree paper)

I believe in the strategy of not putting all your eggs in one basket. As such I don’t trust the internet, or the cloud for that matter, to always have a copy of articles or websites that are important to me. Sometimes I save these websites to my computer or clip them to Evernote, but for really good articles I want to print them onto good old reliable paper. Since the printing of websites has become less popular the functionality to do it properly has disappeared from my browser of choice, Firefox.

Here is my tips for printing a website using the Chrome browser.

Step one is to open the website you want to print in Chrome.

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Now select Print… from the three stripes menu in the top right hand corner or by pressing Ctrl + P (Windows) or Command + P (Mac) on your keyboard. Screen_Shot_2016-02-07_at_12_59_13_pm

This will bring up the print dialog. Make sure you have the correct printer and page size selected. Then make sure that you select:

  • Minimum under Margins
  • Tick Simplify page under Options
  • [Optional] If you want the URL to be printed on the pages make sure to tick Headers and footers under Options
  • Click Print

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For comparison you can see that the print would have been 6 pages without selecting the Simplify page option.